Educational Leadership Capability Framework

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The Educational Leadership Capability Framework (the Capability Framework) is designed to support the Leadership Strategy | Rautaki Kaihautū to advance educational leadership in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The profession told us they supported the development of a leadership capability framework during  consultation on the draft Leadership Strategy. This led us to commission the New Zealand Council of Educational Research to develop the Capability Framework. 

The Capability Framework gives life to the Leadership Strategy | Rautaki Kaihautūand outlines the core educational capabilities needed for effective leadership across different levels of the profession. It provides all teachers with a practical tool to identify, grow and develop their leadership capability. It also illustrates what leadership looks like in practice, in kura, schools, and early childhood education services.  

The capabilities can be used to:

  • shape and critically reflect on programmes, individual pathways and overall practice, and organisational strengths and needs.
  • make decisions about priorities for new learning. 

The Capability Framework draws on the existing guidance in educational leadership such as the Ministry of Education’s Tū Rangatira for Māori medium educational leadership, Kiwi Leadership for Principals, as well as ERO’s School Evaluation Indicators and Early Childhood Services Evaluation Indicators.

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A Pacific view of leadership

John Misky uses building his boat as an analogy for the teaching profession's work around leadership.

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Tū Rangatira

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Released in 2010 by the Ministry of Education, is a model of leadership that reflects some of the key leadership roles and practices that contribute to high-quality educational outcomes for Māori learners. 

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Middle Leadership: the possibilities and potential

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This builds on the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand’s previous work that informs leadership of Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako, and explores the concepts and practices of middle leadership that will help us in the development of the draft leadership strategy. The paper discusses why effective middle leaders are fundamental to our education system, identifies the challenges to middle leadership development, and makes recommendations for the development of middle leadership at all levels of the education system. 

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Leadership for Communities of Learning: Five Think Pieces

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These provide insights relating to the professional practice of “leading improvement, innovation and change”.

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Young People Insights Report

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This report, commissioned by the then Education Council uncovered powerful, meaningful and authentic insights to better understand the education leadership experiences of 18-24 year olds and to incorporate these insights and learnings into the development of the Leadership Strategy. 

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National Leadership Forum

Prof Linda Darling-Hammond, Learning Policy Institute, USA in conversation with Anthony Mackay, National Institute for School Leadership, Washington DC. 

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